Portable Cells and Batteries Standard to Set Global Protocols

Portable Cells and Batteries Standard to Set Global Protocols

This piece was originally published in the April 2018 issue of electroindustry.

Marc Boolish, Director of Government Affairs, Energizer Brands Khaled Masri, Program Manager, NEMA

The NEMA/ANSI C18 Dry Battery Section revised ANSI C18.4M Portable Cells and Batteries—Environmental. It provides guidance on the proper scientific protocols for testing the environmental performance of batteries; the symbols used to convey messages for collection, recycling, or other ideas; and the aspects and functional unit(s) to be included in assessing the environmental impact of batteries with modern lifecycle analysis techniques.

This revision, which was completed two months ahead of schedule, includes a compliance checklist, extends producer responsibility, and refines information on U.S. and international requirements for environmental aspects.

ANSI C18.4M is a template for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards being harmonized for both primary and rechargeable batteries. When adopted by the IEC later this year or in early 2019, it will be the first global environmental standard on portable cells and batteries.

Mr. Boolish chairs the ANSI C18-4 Subcommittee. Mr. Masri is the secretary of the ANSI C18 Accredited Standards Committee.

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